- The Southern Governors Forum continues to get support across the country following their recent meeting in Asaba
- Members of the minority caucus in the House of Representatives from the 19 northern states have declared support for the forum
- The minority House of Representatives members from northern Nigeria have asked the president to accept the resolutions of the forum
Members of the minority caucus in the House of Representatives from the 19 northern states have endorsed the recommendations of the Southern Governors’ Forum.
In a statement signed by some of the members from Kaduna, Plateau, Taraba, Benue, and Kogi on behalf of the minority caucus, the lawmakers expressed support for the position of the governors.
Part of the statement published by Premium Times read:
“We, members of the minority from the north hereby call on President Buhari to heed the genuine advice of governors from the south and immediately address the nation to assuage frayed nerves.”
Some Nigerians on social media have also thrown their weight behind the southern governors.
Kemi Yesufu wrote on Twitter:
“I hope southern governors stand firm on the resolutions from their Asaba meeting. Nigeria has to renegotiate and redesign its structure and governance model to survive.”
Falase Seun wrote:
“Northern governors meet on a regular basis and nobody talked about regionalism now that the southern governors are meeting the north is afraid. Let's have a Northern Nigeria and Southern Nigeria in peace.”
Nicholas Bella wrote:
“The north feels jittery over the first-ever meeting of southern governors. There must be more of such meetings to make them realise that there are times in life where two divergent views coalesce.”
Eric Davis wrote:
“Why does the north think that the south are their slaves who should always take orders from them? How does the meeting of the southern governors be a problem for the north? This is why the unity of Nigeria is only to the extent that it favours the north.”
On his part, a human rights lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, SAN, has faulted the call by 17 southern governors for a constitutional conference.
Punch newspaper quoted Ozekhome as saying the call for a new conference was not necessary, considering that the recommendations of the one held in 2014 had not been implemented.